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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

2018-2019 Members

(effective August 1st)

 

President 

Laleh Mourtil
 

Executive Vice President

Richard Blau
 

Vice President

Bram D. Weber
 

Treasurer

Howard Wohl
 

Secretary

Rachel Schor
 

                

 

Board of Trustees

 

Scott Bernstein - Scott Bernstein is a Schechter parent and and principal of SB Capital Group in Great Neck, NY.  Formerly a practicing attorney, Scott received his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts from Union College.  Scott has served on the Board of Directors of several for profit and non-profit institutions including ADL and Hatzilu. Scott is an active member of AIPAC and Temple Beth Torah in Jericho. Scott and Andrea Bernstein live in Muttontown, NY and are parents to Samara, Jonah and Jesse.

Stuart Botwinick - has been part of the Schechter community for 9 years.  With a child in each the lower school and upper school, he is a proud Schechter parent.  In addition to being a parent (and husband of Dana), he is a Jewish communal professional, having served in the field for 20 years.  Starting out at UJA-Federation of New York, he then worked at Sid Jacobson JCC for 15 years, last serving as the assistant executive director.  For the last two years, he has been the executive director of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck.   He has held senior volunteer positions in synagogues and other Jewish non-profit organizations along the way.  He received a BA in Mathematics from SUNY Albany, a dual MA in Jewish Communal Studies and Jewish Education from Gratz College and completed a certificate in Non-Profit Management at Columbia University.

Janet Hakim

David Hauser - (and his wife Robin) are Schechter parents of two children, Ian (9th grade) and Logan (5th grade).  David and his family are active in their shul, Ohav Sholom, where David is on the board of trustees, volunteers for CSS, and is a regular speaker at the shul, often giving divrei Torah on the topics of mathematics and science in the Torah.  For the past 30 years, David has volunteered with USY having led teen trips to Israel, run conventions, led leadership training, ran mentorship programs, and more.  David is a mathematician and the chief science officer of a global consulting company and helps companies resolve specialty and complex analytics.

Dan Kamensky - Dan and his wife Amy have great love for Schechter and its nurturing environment for their daughter Mia, who is currently in third grade. Dan was introduced to the enormous benefits of the Schechter experience from Amy, a graduate of Schechter Queens. Dan is Managing Partner of Marble Ridge Capital LP, an investment fund focused on value-oriented distressed opportunities. Prior to founding Marble Ridge, Dan was a Partner at Paulson & Co. Inc. and previously worked at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. Dan started his career as an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and clerked on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was raised in Chicago, is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, and received his BA from Georgetown University and JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Dan is a former Member of the New York City Board of Directors for the Jewish National Fund and Co-Chair of its Finance for Israel Group. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of Aleh Negev, a rehabilitative community in Ofakim, Israel. Dan has great love of Israel and looks forward to supporting all Schechter activities.

Arthur M. Katz -  Arthur M. Katz is president of Knockout Pest Control in Uniondale which he founded in 1975, serves the New York metropolitan area.  He is an expert in termite, bed bug, rodent, bird, carpenter ant and bee/wasp control. Katz is recognized as an innovator in the field of pest management.   It is important to Katz to be able to provide property owners with “green” sound alternatives.   He is past president of the New York State Pest Management Association and is a past board member of the National Pest Management Association.  Katz was appointed by District Attorney Kathleen Rice to the Nassau County Task Force on Bed Bugs in the spring of 2011. Katz is past chair person of the Long Island Cabinet of UJA-Federation of New York and a former member of the New York Board of Directors from 1990-1993.  Arthur was president of United Jewish Y’s of Long Island and has served as its chairman of the board. In August 2001 Katz was appointed Vice-Chairman Long Island Division for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Click her to continue reading.

 

Jill Kiewe

 

Rabbi Jill Allyn Kreitman -  was born in Brooklyn to Rabbi Benjamin and Joyce Kreitman. She attended the Bialik school through high school which was a Solomon Schechter affiliate. After attending Vassar College she went for her Masters in Jewish education at JTS. Rabbi Kreitman then transferred to the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and entered their rabbinical program. Upon ordination Rabbi Kreitman took a position as assistant Rabbi at the community synagogue in Port Washington. After that she became Rabbi and director of education at Central Synagogue in Manhattan. Rabbi Kreitman continued her journey in the rabbinate and became a professor in the philosophy department at CW Post. To supplement her continuing education she took three units of clinical pastoral education through the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and the New York Board of Rabbis. Currently Rabbi Kreitman serves on the pastoral care team at Nassau University Medical Center. She also has her own business called Rabbi for Higher which allows her to serve the unaffiliated with life cycle events. Rabbi Kreitman has two daughters that graduated Solomon schechter high school, Sydney Goldstein ‘13 and Talia Goldstein ‘17. She is married to Dr. Corey Goldstein an orthodontist and they reside in Port Washington with their three rescue dogs - Dakota, Chase and Lucky Lucia.

Dalia Lisker

Daniel Mermel - was raised in a Conservative Jewish home, and attended modern-Orthodox Jewish Day Schools: North Shore Hebrew Academy (K-8) and Westchester Hebrew High School.  He attended Brown University from which he graduated with a degree in Architectural Studies and Urban Studies.  Since 2003 he has led Sivan Properties, a third-generation family real estate development and investment company.  Sivan focuses primarily on retail and mixed use projects in the New York and Washington, DC markets.  He is involved with several organizations including AIPAC, UJA-Federation, Brown University, Long Island Real Estate Group and the ISEF Foundation.  He also serves on the SSLI Real Estate Committee and SSLI Feasibility Study Task Force.  Dan lives in Port Washington with his wife Janet, and three children: Emanuel (SSLI First Grade), Isabelle (starts SSLI Gan in Sept) and Zoe (2 years old). 

Vivi Nassim - studied interior design at the Parson School of Design and art history at C.W.Post.  She has received many academic awards in art.   Since 2002 she has been an active member of the Great Neck Arts Center, first as a part of the Advisory Committee, and then in 2003 assumed the role of Gallery Curator.  In 2013 she joined her husband Eddie's business and continued her service on the board of the GNAC until 2016.  Vivi has been an active volunteer at Schechter for many years.  As many moms do, she started her involvement by serving lunch in the Elementary school.  Later she joined the Advisory Committee in the Middle School, and soon after became its head.  Along with Julie Levi, she established the successful "Learning to Look" program in the Elementary School.  Again with Julie Levi and Fran Mendelowitz she took a leadership position on the Chesed Committee.  Vivi, Julie, and Albert Hakim started and ran Career Night in the High School.  Last but not least, she has also been the co chair of the gala for several years. Vivi and her husband Eddie, have two children that have graduated Schechter and were there since kindergarten. Her son Daniel graduated from Washington University of St. Louis and her daughter Laura studies at Barnard.  The Schechter School and community are extremely dear to Vivi and Eddie’s hearts.

Orna Neutra

Sandy Quentzel - Sandy Quentzel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tulane University with a major in Accounting. In addition, she obtained an MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU and a Certificate in Taxation from Fordham University. She became a CPA in 1996, beginning her career at Deloitte and Touche. She also worked at JP Morgan and as a research analyst at Standard & Poor's. Just prior to the birth of her first child she was employed at Charles Schwab as a Financial Planner. In 2008, she and her husband Andrew moved to Roslyn Harbor, NY where they currently reside with their two children, Sophie (SSDS Class of 2024) and Samuel (SSDS Class of 2025). In addition to the volunteer work she does at SSDS, she serves as the Financial Trustee for the Village of Roslyn Harbor. In that capacity she helps oversee the daily operations of the village as well as its annual budget.

Rebecca Schaja

Rachel Schor

Dr. Jay Steinberg - Jay Steinberg and his wife Ellen have been associated with SSLI since 1990 when their eldest child started kindergarten.  Their youngest child graduated from the high school in 2014. They firmly believe that Schechter provided their four children with an education second to none.  Jay has served on the Board of Trustees since 2003, and he currently serves as chair of the Committee on Trustees.  Jay was raised in Huntington and returned there in 1988 to work and raise his family.  In addition to being a clinical gastroenterologist for 27 years, he is a past-president at the NYULangone Huntington Medical Group.  He received his BA from Princeton University and his MD from NYU School of Medicine.  Jay serves on the Board of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, he is a member of the Long Island UJA-Federation Council, and he is past-president of Huntington Jewish Center.  Jay is an active member of AIPAC and has a great love for Israel.

Jordan Wand -  has been part of the Schechter community since attending Schechter in Suffolk County in the 1980s, and currently with 2 children in the lower school (and likely more to come in the next few years!).  He and his wife Janice have been active members in several Jewish institutions, including the UJA-Federation, serving on the SSLI Feasibility Task Force, the SSLI Head-of-School Search Committee, and serving on the PA Board at both Temple Beth Israel and SSLI.  Jordan received a BA in Economics from Columbia University and was a member of the Varsity Tennis Team from 1995-1998. He is currently a financial investor and portfolio manager of technology and telecommunications companies at a multi-billion dollar investment firm.

Bram D. Weber - is one of Long Island’s most active real estate attorneys with relationships stretching from Long Island’s East End to Manhattan. Bram’s practice is focused on commercial real estate development law, representing clients seeking development approvals before boards and agencies at all levels of government as well as in all aspects of transactional practice. Bram’s clients include prominent local and national private development companies, REITs, public and private homebuilders, national retailers, financial institutions, and entrepreneurs.  Bram was the first recipient of the Larry A. Silverstein UJA-Federation Young Real Estate Executives (REX) Award and received UJA-Federation of New York’s prestigious Elaine K. Winik Young Leadership Award. Additionally, Bram serves on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Builder’s Institute (LIBI) and provides pro-bono legal counsel to LIBI’s charitable arm, Long Island Home Builder’s Care Development Corporation, which builds houses for American war veterans on Long Island. Bram also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG), Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism – The Martin C. Barell School, and on the Associate Board of the Association for a Better Long Island (ABLI). Bram was recognized as a rising business star by Long Island Business News and as a leader in New York’s Jewish Community by The Jewish Week.  Bram received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and American Studies in 1997 from Brandeis University, where he was Captain of the Swimming and Diving team from 1995 to 1997, and a Juris Doctor degree in 2000 from Hofstra University Law School, where he was Managing Editor of Notes and Comments for the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal. Bram and his wife, Aimee, are the parents of Harry (1st grade) and little Nathan, who is a Friday regular at the lower school’s “Kabbalat Shabbat.”

 

PA Co-Chair   

 
Andrea Bitton
 

 

Ex-Officio

Rabbi Rafi Rank
Rabbi Michael Stanger
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